Suburban Parks: Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail

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The Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail is a 14.5 mile recreational multi-use path and linear park stretching from Baldwin to Imeson Road in West Jacksonville.

About the Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail

In August 1990, the City of Jacksonville applied to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for acquisition of an abandoned railroad corridor. In December 1992, the abandoned railroad corridor was purchased from CSX Transportation Inc., through the Florida Greenways and Trails Program. This trail is part of a nation-wide, federally initiated "Rails-to-Trails" program designed to turn abandoned railroad lines into linear parks. The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a 100' wide Right-of-Way (ROW) currently extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. A 12' wide paved trail currently exists for hikers, bikers and roller-bladers to enjoy. An equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. The ROW is flat and passes through rural areas with abundant plant life, wildlife and trees. The trail is contiguous with the Camp Milton Historic Preserve, which serves as a mid-point trailhead.

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